Chargé Coolidge to the Secretary of State.
Peking , May 4, 1905 .
Sir: I have the honor to report that on April 27 the Japanese minister handed me a pro memoria with regard to certain alleged preparations of the Russian war vessels interned at Shanghai for active service. He also stated that his government had made representations on the subject to the American and British Governments. I immediately telegraphed to Mr. Davidson, in Shanghai, for information, and on receipt of his reply wired to the Department, as confirmed below.
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